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Level 2/3
90 min

Brisk First Half of Primary Series

Ashtanga | By Jodi Blumstein on Jun 05 2012
This class will move BRISKLY through the first half of the primary series - right up until Navasana.  Then we will take the time to thoroughly break down the 2nd half of the series, looking closely at ways to modify and move carefully through the most challenging part of the sequence.

Description

This class will move BRISKLY through the first half of the primary series - right up until Navasana. Then we will take the time to thoroughly break down the 2nd half of the series, looking closely at ways to modify and move carefully through the most challenging part of the sequence.

Comments

  • Sarah blumenfeld     Feb 4th, 2014
    Great class Jodi. I have a question about a persistent bad right ankle injury and lotus which prevents a full lotus with the right foot in first. For most poses , I just take half lotus. However, for utplatahi, I am unable to lift off without doing full lotus which I can only do if left leg goes in first. Is it ok for that pose?
    • Jodi Blumstein     Feb 12th, 2014
      hi sarah -

      i will break with tradition here and say, YES. do it. I would probably hesitate if it were a different pose, because Pattabhi Jois really INSISTED on right leg first. but Uplutahi is a bit short/faster. and i do think its better to be in lotus and UP, if possible.

      i hope that your ankle heals! and that you are able to easily do both sides soon.

      peace,

      jodi b
  • Kim Mauney     Oct 28th, 2013
    Thank you Jodi. I love your no-nonsense way of leading this class. I have a question about lotus position- perhaps you can help. The place where the tops of my feet and the tops/inners of my thighs touch is very uncomfortable. Is that normal? Is there a better way for me to place my feet so that the skin isn't stretched so much or something? Thanks again. I really appreciate you.
    • Jodi Blumstein     Nov 13th, 2013
      hi kim - this is a good questions, i will do my best to answer it. If i understand you correctly you are saying that your feet and thighs touch and its uncomfortable because there is a lot of pressure. I hope that is correct. There is a lot of pressure because there is tightness in your hips.... so i would not say this is or is not normal, but it sounds like its appropriate for you in this moment. One suggestion is to wear pants rather than shorts. It might feel more comfortable. ALSO i would suggest you make sure your knees are comfortable. I am more concerned that your knee joints are always comfortable than your skin. Damaged knees take a LOT longer to fix! My guess is that as your hips stretch/open through consistent practice, the pressure will lighten up.

      peace,

      jodi b
  • Petra Yogini     Apr 5th, 2013
    Thank you. It's so good to have these explained in detail. Namaste :)
  • Henriette      Mar 5th, 2013
    just like Jodi says- briskly moves through the first half of the primary series then breaks down slowly going through 2nd half. Ends with a beautiful invocation.
  • Sarah Hammond     Mar 1st, 2013
    First time back to the primary series (from vinyassa) in a few years, and first class with Jodi. WOW. SO MUCH GRATITUDE. My ashtanga fire has been reignited, thank you. Namaste
  • Brian Kroeker     Sep 8th, 2012
    Great practice! Also my first time dropping into Upavistha Konasana without fear (and without bending my knees and hitting my heels). Great tip! <3
  • Lori Boggan     Aug 10th, 2012
    Thank you!! Such great modification options :)
  • Tammie K     Aug 5th, 2012
    Great class. This was the first time I wasn't afraid of letting go and landing on my calves. Thanks for the assurance :)
  • cristina de marchis     Jun 11th, 2012
    thanks a lot for your great explanations because hard asanas now turn in easier asanas. :))
  • kate connell     Jun 11th, 2012
    Thank you, Jodi! I'm looking forward to seeing you at Bhakti Fest. What is the reasoning behind childs after an inversion? Reversing the blood flow to control blood pressure. Thanks!